Steve and I recently took a trip to Chicago to see Hamilton (which was AMAZING), and while we were there we came across this window. It reminded me of a post I shared several years ago about using your gifts and finding your passion. I thought it was time to revisit the subject and encourage you to find the way to Do What You Love.
One of my favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck (download the free printable here):
It’s a pretty powerful quote, isn’t it?!
Is there some talent you are hiding away and not using?
Before kids, I worked at a greeting card company doing what I loved – creating.
Once we had our oldest, we realized that I needed to stay home due to my crazy long commute and a husband who was working way too many hours. Although I am thankful I was able to stay at home, I really didn’t love it. I had trouble finding purpose in sleepless nights, feedings and endless diaper changes. I had no time for myself, and I was depressed and lacked passion for anything at that point in my life.
Luckily, I found a Bible study full of the most encouraging women who were both in my stage and out of it. I realized that I was going through was a phase. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “The days are long but the years are short.” And boy the days really can feel like the clock is just ticking by – especially during the witching hours between naps and dinner. My job and purpose at that point in my life was to care for my young kids. Although it felt minor, it was a huge responsibility. My little ones would be adults someday, and I was given the responsibility by God to raise them. There really are moms who from day one love being a mom and want nothing more. I wanted to be that mom…desperately! But I wasn’t.
As my kids got older, they required a little less of me which meant I slowly found a little more of me. I began creating again – invitations, decorating, painting walls…slowly I was uncovering my passion. I prayed that God would show me what He wanted to do with my creativity. When Steve would be gone on work trips, he always came back to a project. In the evenings after the kids were in bed, I would get restless and creative. Most of the time the projects involved painting walls – and boy did I do some crazy things! Luckily those walls could be repainted, and I’m sure they have been with the home’s new owners (and Steve never discouraged my creative outlets). Once Steve was gone a little longer than normal since he was on a mission trip with our church. When he came back, I had created my business. Sincerely, Sara D. was born.
The need to dream never should disappear.
For some reason, we stop dreaming after having kids. You know that when you were a kid, you dreamed about finding prince charming, marrying that prince charming and living happily ever after with your babies. However, that’s not the end. There are still dreams to be dreamed.
They are learning from us! If we don’t go after our dreams, how will they ever learn to chase after theirs?
For over five years now, I’ve been working on growing my business and praying that God uses it and my gifts to glorify Him. I love my job, and it brings me so much joy. For now, I feel that I have found my passion and purpose.
Finding our purpose in life is probably our greatest quest as humans.
It is a theme in any stage of life, largely because our specific purposes may change – or at least be carried out differently – in different seasons of life. Thankfully, we as believers can rest in the fact that our lives do have purpose. God created us with intent, He knows His plans for us, and He is eager to reveal Himself to us. He desires that we know Him, we enjoy Him, we witness about Him, and we live out our unique role in His Body.
A purpose that applies to all humans is that of knowing and enjoying God. As believers, our purpose here on earth is to share the gospel. We as his disciples are to go and make fishers of men by sharing the message of salvation. However, each one of us was formed with a unique purpose and passion.
God didn’t make all of us the same – we’re each his unique handiwork.
The Bible is full of examples of God’s personal touch on people’s lives. The prophets were individually called by God for a specific time and purpose. Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Ruth, Esther, Mary, and multiple others gifts were used by God for His purposes. First Corinthians 12:12-31 talks about the Church in terms of a body. Each member of the Church has a different purpose, just as each portion of the body is used for different things. Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 list several spiritual gifts a person might have. We know from science and psychology that people are unique. No one in the world is exactly like you. God made that design. Psalm 139 is a beautiful depiction of the care with which God created us. He “knitted us together in our mother’s womb”.
There is a unique purpose that God has just for you. God has a plan for one each of us. My friend Amy Howard said:
I want us all to dream big and think about what you are passionate about. I personally feel I was created to create. I want to share my love of creating with others – especially women. I love the relationships I’m forming with women through my blog and readers and classes.What is your gift? A gift is something that you’re not only good at, but it’s something that you have a desire to do. When you’re using that gift you’re filled with joy and power and you often find that you’ve found your passion. Embrace your gift and find your passion. This will take courage, but the most unnatural path to take is to not do what you were made to do. Singers want to sing. Painters want to paint. Teachers want to teach.
Embrace your gifts and find your purpose!
This will require courage, so let’s be brave and dream big together.